Pigtronix Pedals Lowell MA

The ARIA ($189 RETAIL/$149 STREET) is a hand-painted distortion pedal that, like all Pigtronix products, takes a somewhat different tack. For starters, it boasts an active 3-band EQ that lets you cut frequencies as well as boost them (+/-12dB), resulting in considerably more tone-crafting power than you get with the typical “Tone” control, or even multiple passive tone controls.

Johnson Music
(978) 452-5664
21 Leeds St
Lowell, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Dyson Piano-Organ
(978) 453-3824
Rr 110
Dracut, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano

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Music Academy Of Chelmsford
(978) 251-7741
73 Princeton St.
N. Chelmsford, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Print Music

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E&J Music
(978) 470-3073
5 Lowell St A
Andover, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Da Bider Music Co
(978) 686-2898
33 S Broadway
Lawrence, MA

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University Music
(978) 453-6488
1717 Middlesex St
Lowell, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Dracut Music Center
(978) 957-3600
465 Nashua Rd
Dracut, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Tewksbury Music Ctr
(978) 851-6700
1269 Main St
Tewksbury, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Nahrmann Bass Shop
(978) 667-0206
319 Nashua Rd
Billerica, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

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Guitar Garage
(978) 682-9630
4 Hampshire St
Methuen, MA
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Pigtronix Pedals

gp0510_gear0310The ARIA ($189 RETAIL/$149 STREET) is a hand-painted distortion pedal that, like all Pigtronix products, takes a somewhat different tack. For starters, it boasts an active 3-band EQ that lets you cut frequencies as well as boost them (+/-12dB), resulting in considerably more tone-crafting power than you get with the typical “Tone” control, or even multiple passive tone controls. When boosted, Low packs a tight, punchy buzz with a hint of synth-like edginess; Mid emphasizes the lower end of the toothiness range, adding a little cocked-wah articulation;and High ladles on sizzle and a touch of rasp, but without harshness.

Next, the Aria’s diode-clipping circuitry has a somewhat different character than that of many distortion boxes—on some settings reminiscent of the inter-modulation distortion generated by the Crowther Audio Prunes & Custard (one of my favorite pedals). That said, the Aria easily nails fat classic rock and blues tones, including a great tubeamp-like crunch on lower gain settings, convincing early Sabbath metal sounds, and womanly Claptones using a neck humbucker with the guitar’s tone control rolled back. This little piggy is also very responsive to playing dynamics, frighteningly quiet even when cranked, and fitted with true-bypass switching. Sooey!

KUDOS Produces classic and modern sounds. Active tone controls. Quiet operation.
CONCERNS None.
CONTACT Pigtronix, (631) 331-7447; pigtronix.com ...

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